NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It was another day of joy at Naval Station Norfolk, as the USNS Comfort has returned home.
The navy hospital ship was deployed for the last 11 weeks in South and Central America.
Navy officials said the ship’s crew provided medical support as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s “Operation Enduring Promise” initiative.
As the USNS Naval Hospital Ship Comfort pulled into port on Tuesday all types of families waited for their arrival, form those barely walking to those walking on all four’s. Some were welcomed by an unexpected surprise.
HM3 Brian Gomez learned he was going home with three girls on his arm.
“I just found out I’m having a baby girl, another one. It’s amazing, I love it I’m happy, I’m excited,” he said.
It’s not only blood relations that make a family MC3 Lowe was welcomed by her whole work family aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower.
“It feels like a piece of the family is coming back, she’s been gone for months, and we felt it so I guess this is what it feels like to be on the other side of the pier,” said friend MCSA Dartez Williams.
Doctors and nurses aboard the Comfort treated more than 26,000 patients in four countries during the deployment. More than 460 U.S. and partner nation military doctors, nurses and corpsmen work on board the Comfort, along with 90 medical and dental professional volunteers.